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TWiTTech News Today 164: AOL Pwns Your Grandparents (January 24, 2011)

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Nintendo locks down the 3DS, New York Times locks up its newspaper, did Eric Schmidt get severance?, and more.

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Darren Kitchen
Jason Howell


Top Stories

A First Guess at Twitter Ad Results: How About $150 Million For 2011?
Is Twitter Finally About to Cash in on Advertising?

Mozilla offers do-not-track tool to thwart ads
Google's Chrome browser gets do-not-track extension. Available now.

Eric Schmidt get $100 million in equity. Is it a severance payment?
Google’s Eric Schmidt: Talk Show Host?

Discussion Stories

PSP2 Will Have 3G Connectivity And A Very Fancy Screen
Rumor: PSP2 to feature OLED touchscreen, 3G capabilities

Nintendo confirms 3DS content locked to single system, no transfers

Windows Phone 7 jailbreak devs 'genuinely excited' by Microsoft's roadmap

25% of files downloaded from The Pirate Bay are fake

News Fuse

Huawei Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Motorola, over transferring intellectual propertys. Motorola agreed to sell its wireless business to Nokia Siemens last July. At that point Huawei pulled out of their deals with Motorola. Now Huawei wants injunction stopping Motorola from handing over IP to Nokia-Siemens, or at least stopping the deal until the issues can be resolved.

By now you must have heard of the fateful hang-up perpetrated by one Gail Davis of Orpington in Kent. It seems one of Davis's daughters had downloaded Paper Glider from the Apple App store which happened to be the 10 billionth download. When Apple called to congratulate her and present a $10,000 itunes gift card Davis hung up saying "not interested" VP of iTunes did call her back later and sorted everything.

Pope Benedict XVI invited Christians to join social networks, although his holiness did not bless one by name. While warning not to substitute the virtual world with the real thing, the Pope suggested that social networks helps us be more honest about who we are. He said "In the search for sharing, for 'friends,' there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself." Time to switch my metaverse avatar to something more human.

Ever wonder how it is that AOL is still around? Ken Auletta of the New Yorker shed some light on that in the latest issue of the magazine. Apparently 80% of AOL's profits come from AOL’s subscription business. Which is apparently not needed since 75% of AOL's dial-up subscribers don't need it. In Auletta’s words, “older people who have cable or DSL service but don’t realize that they need not pay.”

Sony's rolled out its Music Unlimited subscription streaming service in France, Germany, Italy and Spain yesterday. It's roughly the same deal that launched in the UK last month. €3.99 a month buys you a virtual radio station that streams millions of songs to your Sony TVs, Blu-ray players or PS3. €9.99 upgrades you to a premium plan that lets you select tunes on demand and generate playlists.

According to a leaked Nvidia road map slide, this spring we should see Tegra 2 3D architecture, the world's first mobile 3D processors. That could mean autosteroscopic 3D displays on smartphones and tablets or 3D gaming on mobile devices besides the Nintendo 3DS. The Tegra 3 is listed for Fall 2011 with two quad-core SoCs. Rumour has it the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will sport the 3D chip.

We mentioned last week that Portal 2 for the PS3 will come with access to the PC version via Steam. Valve just told NowGamer that user-created levels will also be cross-platform. The level-maker will only be available for the PC gamers, but console players will still have access to play the user-created levels. Break down those walls Valve!

It appears Slingbox is now illegal in Japan. Japan Broadcasting Corp. and five Tokyo-based local TV broadcasting firms have successfully sued the maker of a slingbox-like device for copyright violations. Japan's Supreme Court overruled lower court decisions that had found the device itself did not infringe copyright.

Kickers and Weird Science

Video: Sean Parker on No Victoria Secret Models in Silicon Valley (What?!?!)


Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy (update: priced at $700)
NYT to roll out multiple subscription packages next month
McDonald's to start accepting contactless Visa payments in all UK restaurants by this summer
Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool. According to projections by APNIC Chief Scientist Geoff Huston, IANA's central IPv4 address pool is expected to run out any day now, leaving the internet with a very limited remaining supply of addresses.
Vint Cerf takes rap for running out of IP addresses


Anonymous: Netflix queue management on PS3


"Greetings TNT crew,

I was listening to Fridays show where you mentioned being able to port Google Voice numbers. I have worked in AT&T's port IN office for 8 years and had a little bit of input. First, when a port order is initiated, the end user contacts the new clec they want to be with. If I'm currently with AT&T and want to port away, it doesn't make any sense that I would call AT&T. So the only sense it makes to contact Google is to give them their $20. Which brings me to my second thought. How is Google charging $20??? No carrier could get away with that. In fact a carrier can't even hold up a port order for a final bill, outstanding balance, or termination charges. Google is not regulated by the FCC and public utility commissions like local exchange carriers are, so legally the could probably get away with it. But I'm guessing that every carrier who is saying they should be regulated like a LEC will use that as ammo that Google not being regulated is bad for consumers. My last thought is about a month ago I actually ported a end user with a GV number with no problem. The customer didn't have to pay $20. So before paying that I would suggest contacting the Carrier you want to port to and place an order and see if it goes through. I've only done one so perhaps I got lucky but I think a GV customer could do it without paying. Every carrier is assigned a SPID, service provider identification number. Companies can't just make up numbers, they need to register blocks of numbers so when someones dials it, the starting carrier knows how to route the call. Vonage for example will use L3, or Focal. So when porting a number that the end user says is with Vonage, we are actually porting it from L3. Is which case Vonage doesn't even know it happened until after the port completes. So I think that's why Google wants users to call them to place the order.


"Dear TNT crew;

Now that Duke Nukem Forever has a ship date, you asked for the next vaporware legend and I think we have it - Half Life 2 Episode 3.

The episodic Half Life games were supposed to come out every six months, but we got part 1 in June 2006, part 2 in October 2007... and nothing since. We're all familiar with Valve Time, but the delay is now approaching Half-Life 2 levels of craziness.

- Donald Theriault Dartmouth, NS, Canada"